Corporate Social Responsibility
At Hwa Chong, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme is inspired by our school vision.
We believe in improving the lives of needy children through holistic education, inspiring our staff and students to give back to the community, and to be environmentally responsible.
We have always contributed to the local and global community in many ways. During their time in school, our students have initiated and spearheaded Overseas Community Involvement Programmes (OCIP) and local Community Involvement Programmes (CIP) that have reached out to numerous beneficiaries.
To create an even more robust and sustained social advocacy framework, we initiated a CSR taskforce in 2012. Through this, we sought to provide a pillar of support to needy children from Pertapis Children’s Home, our adopted charity, on top of continued community efforts by both staff and students.
Since then, we have supported Pertapis Children’s Home in their fund raising efforts through the Walkathon (4 Nov 2012), and Flag Day (27 April 2013). Our staff and students have also been actively involved in homework coaching, green mentoring, experiential learning journeys to museums and the Science Centre, organizing recreational activities and also sponsorship of various basic necessities for the children of the home through the ‘Back to School’ programme.
Hwa Chong has also been actively involved in environmental activities that are built into the fabric of school culture. The student-led Green Council was initiated to coordinate efforts at environmental education, waste management and conservation efforts.
Driving school policy within Hwa Chong, the Green Council hopes to reduce the consumption of energy and promote more eco-friendly habits (such as using alternative appliances that consume less energy). In addition, the Thrift Shop was created to inculcate Thrift” in our students by advocating the reuse of resources.
Moreover, Clean and Green Week is an annual event aimed at increasing awareness about environmental issues and the importance of environmental conservation. Through activities such as assembly talks and game shows, movie screenings and the sale of plants and eco-friendly products, students and teachers alike are exposed to the myriad of ways in which they can do their part in conserving the environment. Students are also reminded about the importance of keeping the school compound clean tidy - and how they can do so in the most environmentally-friendly way!
Increasing Environmental Awareness at Clean and Green Week
Furthermore, hundreds of students visit Hwa Chong yearly to attend the Primary School Green Camp. This day camp for primary school students aims to expose students to environmental issues through hands-on and educational activities. Through this, students can learn more about environmental conservation and what they can do within their individual capacities to reduce their impact on the environment.
Engaging Students in Environmental Conservation
Outside Hwa Chong, a group of volunteers from the Green Council believe strongly in making the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve a better place for everyone. The activities conducted range from raising awareness of the native species of macaques in the nature reserve, to reminding visitors of the nature reserve not to litter or make too much noise. They are a dedicated group of individuals aiming to preserve a piece of nature that is all too rare nowadays.